Leicester City start life without Claudio Ranieri on Monday with a very difficult test against a Liverpool side that appears to be running into form again.
The Foxes have made a very risky decision in dispensing with the veteran Italian manager’s services when there are only 13 matches of the Premier League season remaining and it will be interesting to see how the home fans welcome the players who have performed so poorly recently compared with last season’s heroics.
However, the statistics show that a change was needed; Leicester have failed to score a Premier League goal in 2017 and have lost their last five top-flight games, a sequence that has left them only one point above the drop-zone heading into this weekend’s fixtures.
Jamie Vardy did at least bring his goal drought to an end in Wednesday’s Champions League defeat against Sevilla, the 2-1 loss proving to be Ranieri’s last game in charge.
The Reds’ only Premier League losses so far this season have come against teams currently in the bottom half of the table – Burnley, Bournemouth, Hull City and Swansea City – but they thrashed the Foxes at Anfield in September 4-1 and are 27/4 to record a comfortable 2-0 victory at the King Power Stadium.
Roberto Firmino scored twice in that game and is 13/10 to find the net again at any time on Monday.
After making a poor start to 2017, Liverpool appeared to be back to their best when they beat Tottenham 2-0 in their last game and they have enjoyed a two-week break since that triumph.
They can now focus on confirming their place in the top four as the final third of the campaign gets underway but a 1-1 draw on Monday at 7/1 could be the best bet.
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